Jul 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The recent beheading of American Paul Johnson in Saudi Arabia by Muslim extremists is not simply an attack against Americans but one in a stream of attacks against Christians and “infidels,” says Paul Marshall in the latest issue of the Weekly Standard. The senior fellow at Freedom House’s Center for Religious Freedom and Islam expert wrote an article on the subject, called “War against the Infidels: The message behind the beheadings.”
Jul 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The hundreds of pilgrims who each year visit the Italian village of San Giovanni Rotondo to pray to Padre Pio will now be able to do so in the second largest church in the world, which is dedicated to the Italian saint and was consecrated today.
Jul 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father's general prayer intention for the month of July is: "That all those who are able to benefit from a holiday period during this time of the year may be helped during their vacation to rediscover in God their inner harmony and to open themselves to the love of human beings."
Jul 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a statement released on Wednesday, the Catholic League criticized the HBO special “Celibacy,” a documentary in the “America Undercover” series, aired on June 28. The documentary purports to be an examination of celibacy as it is practiced in the world’s religions.
Jul 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Speaking on behalf of the Holy See, Mary Ann Glendon, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, has voiced an urgent call “for the family of nations to attend to the needs of its most vulnerable members. As Pope John Paul II has insisted,” she said, “‘the poor cannot wait.’”
Jul 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson (Arizona) announced on Wednesday that he will make a decision about whether the Diocese will file for bankruptcy protection before a scheduled Sept. 15 sexual abuse trial.
Jul 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Boston College have announced it has finalized the purchase of most of the Archdiocese of Boston’s headquarters for $99.4 million.
Jul 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A federal judge in Santiago has issued a ruling prohibiting the sale and the marketing of the morning after pill, because the drug’s anti-implantation mechanism qualifies it as abortifacient under Chilean law.
Jul 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Jose Gea Escolano of Mondoñedo-Ferrol, Spain, said this week the Spanish government’s plan to legalize homosexual unions next year is “an aberration.”
Jul 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Masses were held in eight cities across Canada last week to celebrate the feast day of St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei. Pope John Paul II canonnized the Spanish priest in 2002, calling him the “saint of the ordinary”.